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Chokecherry Mountain (NV)

 
Chokecherry Mountain (NV)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Nevada, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.53460°N / 114.733°W

Object Title: Chokecherry Mountain (NV)

County: Lincoln

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 8035 ft / 2449 m

 

Page By: Dean

Created/Edited: Jun 3, 2010 / May 9, 2011

Object ID: 626346

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Chokecherry Mountain (NV)
Chokecherry Mountain

 
There it is
The wooded summit

Overview

Chokecherry Mountain is an isolated peak and wooded mountain in the Caliente Nevada area and is rarely visited. It is the highest peak in the Delamar mountain range and with 2295 feet of prominence, it comes in at #122 on this list. I'm not sure where the "Chokecherry" name comes from but the mountain is covered with pinyon and junipers (aka cedars in Utah) but when you get to the summit, the views are blocked in most directions by the tree cover. Several spots along the ridges and bumps leading to the summit do offer some views but the top itself is somewhat disappointing. It is also a lonely mountain as the register up there only had 8 people signed in since it was put there in 1993. Not even one local was signed into the register and a couple remnants of cabins near the Robinson Seep gives thought that mining activity was at one time the main area of interest.

I'm not sure where the name Chokecherry came from as I really couldn't tell if there were chokecherry trees on this mountain. Maybe someone who has knowledge in this arena could make a comment and help me out on the name.



Getting There

From Las Vegas, take I-15 to Highway 93 and head north past Alamo, watching for the turn (near Hiko) for Caliente. Using the waypoint coordinate on Map one, follow the instructions as provided below for Caliente. A rough estimate would be that this is around 150 miles from Las Vegas.
 
Area map
From Las Vegas

The closest town to this mountain is Caliente Nevada and driving directions here are from Caliente. From Caliente Nevada, head west on highway 93 to a junction with a signed "Delamar 15" graded dirt road. Follow the dirt road from US 93 to a junction that is signed for Grassy Spring and turn east toward the spring. At the next junction, stay on the road that keeps going east (the road that is signed for Applewhite summit)

Turn at "Delamar 15" sign that is south of Highway 93
Waypoint two: 37.5599 -114.8111 Grassy Spring turn
Waypoint three:37.5439 -114.78995 The Applewhite summit sign
Waypoint four: 37.51515 -114.7473 Leave road for jeep track

I highly recommend that you make use of maps/gps, it will help find
the correct turns easier and is really worth the time.

These are the key waypoints and are in lat/long nad 27.

However, the ultimate responsibility for safe navigation in this area
falls upon those who take the opportunity to venture here and it is
recommended that you take adequate water & supplies in case of a breakdown and let someone know where you are going to help make this a safe trip.





 
Map one
Map 1
 
Map  two
Map 2
 
Map three
Map 3




 
Grassy Spring sign
 
 
Key sign
 
 
Looking back down toward ...
 

Red Tape

This mountain is on BLM land and as far as I am aware of, there isn't any red tape to deal with.

For more information:

Ely Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, HC 33 P.O. Box 33500, Ely, Nevada 89301-9408 Telephone: (775) 289-1800

or

Caliente Field Station, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 237, Caliente, Nevada 89008 Telephone (775) 726-8100

Camping

You can find a motel in Caliente (there were three that I noticed) or camp at Cathedral Gorge state park 15 miles north in Panaca or you could bush camp near the mountain, being mindful to use the "leave no trace" style.

Weather



Time to hike

Winter (when no snow present)
Spring (may be the best time)
Fall

Summer can be very hot in this area so watch the weather conditions relating to the temperatures. Also, as mentioned above, let some one know where you are going and I'd avoid going into an isolated area like this solo. The roads may become impassable when wet.

My hiking companion Ken Jones and I were here because the weather up north was not amenable to our hiking goals and Chokecherry Mountain became one of the substitutes. Thanks to John Vitz for some basic information that helped us
find the best way to the base of the hike when we couldn't find that information anywhere else. Our driving directions worked because he had
passed those directions along to us. I am now passing what worked for us along to anyone who might be interested in this one.

Route

It was 1.7 miles from where we left my truck to the summit (yellow mark)and consisted of an elevation gain (including the ups & downs we encountered) of about 1600'.
 
The route
 

 
Heading up
Heading up
Only one since...
2011 visit

The register

Oftentimes when you hike/climb one of these unknown Nevada peaks, you might find a register that demonstrates that visits are rare. Most of the time, you will find the same four or five people in the register and not many others.

 
Summit register
 
 
Placed in 1993
 
 
Register page
 


Disclaimer

As road conditions can change and hiking or traveling in this type of country can be inherently dangerous, the above information is provided only as a courtesy. You accept all risk and responsibility for your activities in this area and I recommend that you let others know of your plans and where you will be hiking/climbing prior to heading to this area. Be self sufficient and carry plenty of food, water and shelter in the event of a breakdown. Good quality tires are a necessity on the rough and rocky roads you will encounter. Having said all that, have a good trip and please let the author of this page know of changes that you encounter.

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